Encke is out of dual Group 1 winner Shawanda and is a full-brother to Group 3 Sandown Classic Trial scorer Genius Beast.
He made his debut in a mile maiden at Doncaster’s Ladbrokes St Leger Festival in September 2011 and ran with plenty of credit to take second behind subsequent Group 3 runner-up Perennial at Newmarket. The son of Kingmambo went one better on his next start in early October when scooting clear of his rivals to win by four and half lengths under Richard Hughes.
He missed his intended engagement in the Group 1 Racing Post Trophy on October 22 due to injury, after being supplemented, and did not run again in 2011.
He made a winning return to action in a 10-furlong handicap at Sandown on July 6, before a much-improved effort in the Group 3 Gordon Stakes over 12 furlongs, when missing out to Noble Mission by a nose after a ding-dong final furlong battle.
Although he reversed the form with that rival in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes at York on August 22, it wasn’t enough to see him win the 12-furlong contest as he finished two and a quarter lengths behind Thought Worthy in third.
On September 15 at Doncaster he caused a big upset when defeating the 2/5 favourite and Triple Crown-seeking Camelot by three-quarters of a length in the Ladbrokes St Leger, handing Godolphin its sixth success in the world’s oldest Classic and the penultimate race in the QIPCO British Champions Series Long Distance division.
After the race, Godolphin's former racing manager, Simon Crisford, revealed that Encke would not run again in 2012 but that he would remain in training, targetting 'all the big middle distance prizes in Europe.' That, however, did not happen, as the colt was adminstered anabolic steroids by former trainer, Mahmood Al Zarooni, and he was banned from racing in 2013.
He is set to return at Glorious Goodwood in 2014.
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